Ashton, Stalybridge and Liverpool Junction Railway
The Ashton, Stalybridge & Liverpool Junction Railway (AS&LJR), was formed in 1844 and was taken over by the Manchester and Leeds Railway in 1847.
The line was surveyed by Thomas Longridge Gooch in 1843 as part of his work for the Manchester and Leeds Railway (M&LR). The railway was to consist of a main line from Miles Platting on the M&LR to Stalybridge, with a branch to Ardwick.
The first section, from Miles Platting via Clayton Bridge and Droylsden stations to Ashton-under-Lyne opened on 13 July 1846. On 5 October 1846, the line was connected to Stalybridge. The company was acquired by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway on 9 July 1847. Finally on 1 August 1849 the line was connected to the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) at Stalybridge.
- Marshall, John (1969). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 1. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-4352-1.
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